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Latin and Greek 'should be taught in every school' – report

Latin and Greek GCSEs have lost much of their "intellectual force" and should be replaced by tougher new O-level-style exams, say campaigners.

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Will Dean's Ideas Factory: How does a robotic copy editor cope with Ulysses?

As the newspaper industry works out how to tackle the threat from free online news and other structural problems, some journalists can at least take heart that, no matter, what the medium – newsprint, the web, or electronic paper – a good copy editor is an essential role. As it is in publishing and advertising/copy-writing, too. When the robots are making our coffee and vacuuming our floors, at least they won't be criticising us for our use of cliches... Oh. Hang on a minute...

Michael Gove's tougher teacher training tests won't solve the problem of teachers who can't spell

Michael Gove has announced that trainee teachers are to face tougher tests, after branding current exams too easy.

Boris Johnson's 'rock star status' is 'great' says Cameron

David Cameron denied today that he envies Boris Johnson's “rock star status” after the London Mayor was mobbed on his arrival at the Conservative conference in Birmingham.

Schools including Westminster are backing the scheme

Plan to open up top private schools to all

Political parties urged to fund scheme that would select on academic merit, not ability to pay

Boy died after school rugby match collapse in Northern Ireland

A schoolboy rugby player died on the final whistle just minutes after he was seen holding his head following an earlier challenge, an inquest in Northern Ireland has heard.

More pupils top up A-levels with project to land university place

Growing numbers of independent school pupils are topping up their A-levels in an effort to secure university places, it can be revealed today.

Tom Hodgkinson: How grammar can keep you out of jail

Anyone who knows anything about prisons will suspect a link between criminal behaviour and illiteracy. I'm a keen student of the work of Noel "Razor" Smith, armed robber-turned-writer and public speaker. He has been in and out of prison all his life. There is no doubt that he found liberation through language. And again and again in his accounts of prison life, we find that a large proportion of his fellow inmates cannot read or write.

Email kisses are big office bugbear

Kisses on emails to business contacts are Britain's biggest office bugbear, according to a new survey.

Data shows Oxbridge chances divide

More than one in seven schools and colleges is failing to send any pupils to the UK's top universities, new figures show.

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